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Duchess of Cornwall to present Man Booker Prize

The Duchess of Cornwall will present the the 2014 Man Booker Prize trophy on Tuesday evening.

The Duchess will also attend a champagne reception and then dinner at the Guildhall in London.

It is well-known that Camilla is an ardent reader and has a keen interest in promoting the advantages of reading both to children and adults alike. Hosting numerous literacy events, The Duchess has sat and read to children as well as met with adult readers eager to improve their literacy skills.

Camilla is Patron of the National Literacy Trust, Book Trust, The Wicked Young Writers Award and First Story, all of which help to promote literacy in young people.

This is the second time she has presented the Man Booker Prize. Last year, The Duchess presented the prize to New Zealand author Eleanor Catton for her book The Luminaries.

The Booker Prize Foundation has helped to fund the National Literacy Trust’s Middlesbrough project, which Camilla visited in May 2013.

The Man Booker Prize was launched in 1969 and is one of the most prestigious literary awards.

This year’s shortlisted titles and authors are: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (Viking), The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus), We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail), J by Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape), The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus) and How to be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton).

In March of this year, Camilla visited The City Academy for a celebratory event with the “Words for Work” programme in London. An ardent reader and is dedicated to campaign for the importance of advocating literacy.

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